January 2012

The Nuances of Clinical Data

by Jerome Carter on January 30, 2012 · 2 comments

The hardest part of teaching clinical database design is helping students  grasp the need for precision in naming and representing data elements. Newbie modelers often assume that everyone will understand their data-capture assumptions  because–well, they’re obvious.   Experience has shown that having students attempt to merge data from multiple sources works well as the proverbial picture […]


Motifs in EHR Research

by Jerome Carter on January 25, 2012 · 0 comments

Technology has changed every major industry.  Whenever the benefits of technology have become obvious, and comparatively easier to realize, resistance to adoption has quickly dissipated.   Healthcare will be no different.  Current EHR systems still have a long way to go before they become easy to implement and use.   In fact, many of today’s systems were […]


The hubbub over meaningful use and Medicare incentives has been so distracting that the advantages of the Medicaid EHR incentive program seem to have been lost in the noise.  It also doesn’t help that seven states still have not launched their programs.   Here are a few important differences between the programs. Eligibility Medicare Medicaid Doctors […]


Getting Serious About Software Architecture and Design

by Jerome Carter on January 16, 2012 · 0 comments

As I mentioned in the last post, I am making good progress toward learning object-oriented development methods.   During the holiday break, I created a small web project to test my understanding so far.   The results were encouraging, convincing me to promote my programming activities from a hobby to a real business pursuit.    Likewise, mastering the […]


Moving Forward

by Jerome Carter on January 11, 2012 · 0 comments

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.   Things have certainly gone well for me.    I had hoped to spend a week or so planning the next iteration of EHR Science and performing backend maintenance.  Well, I managed to do a lot more! Downtime always gets my creative juices flowing, and the last […]